An unconscious Jules Bianchi has been transferred to hospital by ambulance following his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The Marussia driver went off at the same section of the Suzuka circuit where marshals were recovering the crashed car of Adrian Sutil with a crane.
The race was red-flagged once Race Control had been alerted to the severity of Bianchi’s injuries.
An FIA spokesperson confirmed to reporters that Bianchi was in an unconcious condition when he was transported to hospital by road rather than in the medical helicopter.
No further update on Bianchi’s condition has since been issued.
“The yellow flags were out after I aquaplaned at the corner as the rain got more and more and one lap later with waved yellow flags Jules came around and had the same spin there. It was more or less the same crash, but just the outcome was a bit different,” Sauber driver Sutil told Sky Sports F1.
The German also confirmed the crane was moved into position to recover his Sauber vehicle and had been there during the race: “The car came out to rescue my car and then it all happened.”
Sutil added that he felt the Safety Car should have been deployed after he crashed due to the risk of another driver going off at the corner.
“With respect to this corner I think everyone knows this is one of the most tricky corners and when it is getting late and the rain increases… let’s say when you have an accident there you should probably think about a Safety Car.”
Unconscious Jules Bianchi being transferred to hospital by ambulance
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